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Franklin Pierce University Hosts Teagle Workshop

July 19, 2013

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This is the third consecutive year that Franklin Pierce University has been honored to host the Teagle Assessment Scholar Development workshop, which is supported by a Teagle Foundation grant through the Center for Inquiry in the Liberal Arts at Wabash College. Teagle Scholars work in higher education in various administrative and faculty roles, and are assessment leaders on their campuses. In addition, Teagle Scholars consult at other institutions on assessment and student learning issues. The workshop took place July 16-18 on the University’s Rindge campus; 24 participants from both national and international institutions took place in the three-day event.

The Teagle Foundation’s mission is to be a catalyst for change in higher education to improve undergraduate student learning in the arts and sciences. The goals of this year’s workshop were to: 1) learn about the revised National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and how to best use this information, 2) write and present short summaries of assessment data, and 3) work in teams and individually to develop assessment advice for institutions in order to promote student learning.

The multi-institution workshop groups were facilitated by Teagle Scholars; Professor Lynn Chandler of Franklin Pierce, who was chosen to be a Teagle Scholar in 2010, served as one of the team leaders. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Kim Mooney and institutional research staff from Franklin Pierce University also attended various sessions of the three-day program. Provost Mooney says, “I was impressed by the lively engagement and exchange of ideas and advice among participants. The Franklin Pierce campus is an ideal setting for any group of colleagues who wish to disengage from daily demands in order to focus on special projects like the Teagle Scholar work.” 

The workshop was led by Higher Education Data-Sharing Consortium Director Charlie Blaich, with keynote speaker, Alexander McCormick, who is the lead author of the NSSE. In an age when most colleges and universities routinely gather evidence on student learning but may not be adequately trained to optimally use this data, the workshop took a vital step in helping its participants use assessment evidence to improve student learning. Franklin Pierce University uses the NSSE as one of its key sources of evidence for planning.




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Franklin Pierce University is a regionally accredited university grounded in the liberal arts, with a focus on personal attention and high-quality instruction. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies with locations in Arizona and throughout New Hampshire. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level. The institutional mission embraces an education that matters: one that achieves academic success through the integration of liberal arts and professional programs. Our community of educators and learners creates an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and encourages experiential and applied learning. A Franklin Pierce experience enables each student to discover and fulfill his or her own unique potential. We prepare students to become confident, knowledgeable individuals and leaders of conscience.

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